"Next Year" as written by and Alexander James/baird Trimble....
I don't know where I
Am going to rest my head tonight.
So I won't promise that I'll speak
To you today,
But if I ever find
Another place, a better time
For that moment,
I was never what I am.

Take to me to where you are,
What you've become,
And what you will do
When I am gone.
I won't forget,
I won't forget.

Maybe someday,
You'll be somewhere
Talking to me
As if you knew me,
Saying, I'll be home for next year, darling.
I'll be home for next year.

In between the lines
Is the only place you'll find
What you're missing
That you didn't know was there.
So when I say goodbye,
You must do your best to try
And forgive me this weakness,
This weakness.

'Cause I don't know what to say.
Another day,
Another excuse to be sent your way.
Another day,
Another year.

Maybe someday,
You'll be somewhere
Talking to me
As if you knew me,
Saying, I'll be home for next year, darling.
I'll be home for next year.
And maybe sometime,
In a long time,
You'll remember
What I had said there.
I said, I'll be home for next year, darling,
I'll be home for next year.

If you think of me,
I will think of you.

Maybe someday,
You'll be somewhere
Talking to me
As if you knew me,
Saying, I'll be home for next year, darling.
I'll be home for next year.
Maybe sometime,
In a long time,
You'll remember
What I had said there.
I said, I'll be home for next year.
Maybe someday,
You'll be somewhere
Talking to me
As if you knew me,
Saying, I'll be home for next year, darling.
I'll be home for next year.


Lyrics submitted by isbjorn

"Next Year" as written by Kevin Stephen Baird Alexander James Trimble

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  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, it's good for homesickness...especially if you're homesick for the same place they are
    Kz13on September 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is probably a goodbye song to a loved one (most likely girlfriend) because he needs some time to himself.
    I think in the first verse he's talking about how he left her maybe because he is trying to find himself. Being in a relationship is too much to ask at this time in his life when he should focus on himself. He can't guarantee he'll speak to her because he doesn't know where life will take him, but if there was a better situation where he could be himself with her ('For that moment I was never what I am' ) then he would take it. But there isn't, so he leaves to travel.
    'I won't forget' and 'If you think of me, I will think of you' shows he could go back to the relationship after this break because it was something worth having.
    Verse 2 for me is him stating what was wrong with her and why he had to leave. 'In between the lines is the only place you'll find what you're missing but you didn't know was there' implies that she is someone who doesn't see or read between the lines; she is just seeing the obvious and getting by without curiosity. He wants to do this opposite to this.
    The whole chorus I think says that if after this break they get back together again or after he returns home and the relationship carries on as before, she could go and travel as well. In the last chorus he also suggests that 'maybe sometime in a long time you'll remember what I had said there I said I'll be home for next year, darling' referring to what he said when he left her just then.
    That could all be completely wrong, but it's how I interpreted it :)
    toMUSICiLISTENon March 23, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI Always thought this song was about someone who died or who's long gone, but maybe could meet Alex (or whoever wrote it) again someday, in another life or something like that. Pretty non-sense, right? Well, now that I read toMUSICiLISTEN 's interpretation I thought it was a lot wiser.
    takeapieceon August 02, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionWell yeah I think as Trimble was writing Beacon after Tourist History they were off in many places touring and a large part of the album reflects off the homesickness and hardness of it all.
    PierceWon April 10, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI definitely have it flipped then other people on here. I see it as the narrator seeing (technically the song is gender neutral) an ex girlfriend, crush, or even old friend. The chorus reminds me of when you bump into someone in public that you haven't seen in a while.
    The guy in the song clearly still has feelings for the girl, romantic or not, but he indicates a certain amount of bitterness, "Take me to where you are, what you've become." He suggests that she has changed. She is acting like nothing is different
    between the two of them, but once she leaves, she'll go back to her new life.
    The term "Next Year" seems to represent the constant postponing of them really talking. Perhaps their current arrangement is better, and if she comes back, they will no longer be close because they'll realize they just aren't that compatible.
    Julia2164on August 17, 2016   Link

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